03-24-2010 12:12 AM
I recently downloaded a wireless, remote printer driver. Initially the download showed an error that the driver was not properly downloaded and to try again. Weirdly enough, right after the download attempt, a folder named "_hiddenPbk" showed up on my desktop. Every time I delete it, it reappears on its own. Even worse, now Adobe Reader will not open or anything that requires Adobe Flash Player will not work since this "_hiddenPbk" folder appeared. Also, my MicroSoft word opens with but with tons of error screens.
Is this fold a virus?
05-14-2010 11:38 AM - edited 05-14-2010 11:40 AM
I had the same problem, although I was able to delete it by dragging it to the Recycle Bin. However, I started getting Adobe popup errors all the time and I could no longer run Firefox. Downloads seemed to disappear into "nowhere". I ran several anti-virus and anti-spyware programs but nothing was detected. It generally went downhill from there and I ended up restoring out-of-box. Even my backup did not work. I believe it was a virus that poses as an anti-virus program so it is not detected.
It is interesting that I also downloaded wireless printer software the day before this started....
May you have better luck.
04-01-2011 06:01 PM - edited 04-01-2011 06:02 PM
I work at a Technology Support Helpdesk and just spent sometime assisting a client with this problem. After some troubleshooting, I realized that this folder, _hiddenPbk, only seemed to affect his local user profile as the other user profiles did not have the folder, nor shared the same symptoms. So I simply recreated a new profile for the client and all was well....for now. I hope this information helps others as I have noticed an endless amount of forums discussing this issue with no fix available.....